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Report: Derek Fisher in Oklahoma City to finalize deal

Mar 21, 2012, 11:44 AM EST

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Derek Fisher has options, but it looks like he is choosing the one that could most haunt the Lakers — the team he will forever be most associated with.

Fisher should clear waivers at 6 p.m. (Eastern) today and he is in Oklahoma City this afternoon to finalize a contract with the Thunder, according to NBA.com.

This is probably the best fit for Fisher. First off, since Eric Maynor went down with a season-ending injury the Thunder have been in need of a backup point guard. But be warned OKC fans — Fisher is not much of a player any more. He is shooting 38.3 percent this season (and hasn’t shot over 40 percent for three seasons), he has a PER of 8.9 (and hasn’t had one over 10 in three seasons), plus is defense is atrocious.

What he brings is an unwavering confidence and an understanding of what it takes to win in the playoffs. No matter how he is playing, Derek Fisher doesn’t shrink from the big moments at the end of games. He doesn’t get tight. There is a reason Kobe Bryant trusted him to take the big shots — Fisher’s self–confidence cannot be shaken.

The Thunder are 7-5 since the All-Star break and have looked vulnerable. This is a team that needs to be reminded of how to win in the playoffs and Fisher’s level-headed demeanor, professionalism and confidence will play well in the locker room. He knows what to say and when to say it, and when you flash five rings, guys listen.

It’s a good signing for the Thunder, who have the talent to be competitors but could use the veteran presence in the locker room.

  1. cup0pizza - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    So how long before he comes up with some scheme to get back to the Lakers this time?

  2. lakerluver - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Good for Fish. No matter where he goes he’s still a LAKER.

    • loungefly74 - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      agree. you said it all.

    • letangusespertplus - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      apparently not. stop with the dumb sports cliches.

  3. allball23 - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Can’t wait for lakers to meet thunder in the playoffs. Kobe will be so sick to watch.fisher get his 6th ring lol.

    • purplerain53 - Mar 21, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      The OKC don’t know what a headache they are getting with him. But the good thing is that there are what, 20? games left? So they won’t need to waive him.
      Whoever thinks D.Fisher trade was a wrong deal, does not understand anything from basketball.This time, M.Kupchak hit the jackpot by getting rid of 3 out of 4 junk pieces we had.And Fish was one of them. Period. I will be 100% satisfied, when they waive that idiot MWP. Then, we can talk about rebuilding this team and championship chances.

  4. bearsstillsuck - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    I am certainly looking forward to this.

  5. massivedick - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    prima donna should be a knick not not on thunder …. he does not fit in … maybe easiest path back to la la land.

  6. jolink653 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    imagine the thunder win the championship and fisher retires with more rings than kobe and as many as jordan? that would be hilarious

  7. dko83 - Mar 21, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Can we stop lauding Fish for his “professionalism” please? He was traded and did not report to his team… at all. Very UNprofessional.

  8. aqzi - Mar 21, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Something unmentioned in the article…Fish brings with him to OKC extensive knowledge of the plays the Lakers like to run in crunch time, after timeouts, whenever.

    • kpow55 - Mar 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      I was opposed to Grandpa Fish taking minutes and altering chemistry at first but that is a great point, player/coach vs LA

  9. itsmammoth - Mar 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Very excited about this signing!

  10. losangelasbasketball - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Fisher is going to destroy OKC from the inside so the Lakers can get back to the Finals…

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